Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Kyrone Davis' Rally at the Bally

On April 12, 2014, the stage was set for Kyrone “Shut It Down” Davis' second professional fight. All the preliminary preparations had been made well in advance. The promotional and media events leading up to the fight, including a television appearance on Channel 28 talk show, “In the Upper Room” with hosts, Shaana Roy and Michael Riley, had all been handled by Team S.I.D. The only thing left to do was for Davis to go in and “take care of business,” as he likes to say, in the boxing ring and to Shut It Down!

Walking into the ballroom at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, one could feel the electricity in the air. Bally's has always offered a great venue for the sport of professional boxing and the fans who attend cards there always enjoy the intimate atmosphere (There truly isn't a bad seat in the house).

I arrived early for the jam packed sold out event. I got a chance to check out the action from the very beginning of the first round of the first bout. This was my first time ever attending a fight on The Boardwalk in Atlantic City and AC is definitely worthy of its legendary status as a premier host of world class professional boxing events and has served as center stage for launching top boxing prospects like Kyrone “Shut It Down” Davis onto the world stage.

When all was said and done, Kyrone Davis climbed into the ring and proved that his 56 second knockout in his pro debut was no fluke. He faced a very game opponent in Rafael Machado and proceeded to systematically dismantle him in less than four rounds, landing devastating combinations and power shots that were just too much for Machado.

Making a grand entrance into the ballroom greeted by roaring crowd of fans, S.I..D. remained focused on the task at hand, securing the victory and putting on an impressive show for the sold out audience. He succeeded in doing both things decisively. This young man has all of the gifts for greatness. He is talented, engaging, intelligent, dedicated and an absolute tiger in the ring, matching the print on the trunks that he wore in the fight.

After soundly defeating Machado, Davis is now set to tackle whomever his next opponent may be and has already resumed his rigorous training schedule. He is a young fighter on a mission, who knows full well that talent alone is not going to get it done in the long run. Team S.I.D. is a well-oiled machine that is committed to moving forward with a full head of steam and like a runaway locomotive, Kyrone “Shut It Down” Davis is prepared to flatten anything and anyone in his path on the way to achieving his goal of becoming World Champion.

A native of Newark, New Jersey, 19 year-old Kyrone Davis now resides in Wilmington, Delaware. Kyrone began boxing at the age of 8-years-old. He is a graduate of Christiana High School in Delaware. The eldest of four children, Davis is also a motivational speaker, certified life guard and a member of the Wilmington’s Fire Explorers Post 100.

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Michael J. Riley
Co-Host / Co-Producer - In the Upper Room Television
Founder / Executive Director – Leadership Empowerment Group
Founder / Senior Creative Consultant - Afromine.com

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sister Dottie Neal

The late Sister Dottie Neal is the Founder of In the Upper Room Television Program on local cable in Delaware. Her legacy has lived on for over Thirty Years and is still going Strong in 2014 with Shaana Roy & Michael Riley as current Hosts and Producers.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Count Down to "Shut It Down" 24/7

Sometimes we all need to take a few steps back in order to “get” the bigger picture. Last month, I met a fantastic young fighter by the name of Kyrone “Shut It Down” Davis. That first chance meeting in a Wilmington, Delaware television studio gave me a glimpse of, what I feel in my gut to be, a future World Champion boxer. A very soft-spoken young man, Davis has an impressive array of the hard and soft skills such as determination, hunger, charisma, and physical gifts. Combine that with continued hard work, maturity and dedication and you have an individual with the potential to rise to the top of the sport of boxing and perhaps join the elite names like Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Manny “Pac Man” PacquiĆ”o and select others in future pound for pound conversations.

Now, I can hear the doubters already sighing and thinking that maybe I am getting too far ahead of myself. So, to be sure to remain objective and impartial, I have decided to take a step back and let the story unfold for a while and as S.I.D. begins racking up professional wins and more KOs, folks will eventually catch up to me and my prediction and I will be waiting to say, “I told you so!”

Although it is early in what will hopefully be a very long and successful boxing career, all one has to do is talk with or listen to “Shut It Down” to get the sense that he is indeed on a mission and that he has his mind set on achieving his goal of becoming a World Champion. No doubt, S.I.D. is doing his talking with his fists inside that squared circle but, for boxing fans and commentators, there is plenty to talk about and a lot to look forward to from this gifted young fighter.

On February 21, 2014, Kyrone made his professional boxing debut at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino and proceeded to destroy Paul Wharf in 56 seconds of the first round. Landing a combination of hard and accurate punches to Wharf’s chin, Kyrone demonstrated that he can definitely Shut It Down in a hurry!

With an impressive amateur background that includes three national championships, Kyrone “Shut It Down” Davis appears comfortable and confident in the ring and despite having an affectionate smile outside of the ring he has a serious mean streak inside the ring and is hell-bent on destroying his opponent once that bell rings to start the fight.

Davis’ next professional bout is scheduled for the Boxing Card at Bally’s Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City on April 12, 2014. Free Bus Transportation Available!!  If interested contact Char 302-765-8103
For more information on Kyrone “Shut It Down” go to www.projectshutitdown.com on twitter @kyrone_davis and Instagram @kyshutitdown

Article by Michael J. Riley
Co-Host / Co-Producer - In the Upper Room Television
Co-Founder - U R Future Artists Talent Showcase
Founder / Executive Director – Leadership Empowerment Group
Founder / Senior Creative Consultant - A Frame of Mine, LLC
Copyright ©2014 Michael J. Riley - Leadership Empowerment Group

Friday, February 21, 2014

Count Down to Shut It Down at Dover Down!

The Count Down to Shut It Down at Dover Down! That's what I am calling it. Kyrone "Shut It Down" Davis is ready for his professional boxing debut and there is quite a buzz. I have interviewed this young fighter and one thing that impressed me is the amount of hard work and dedication that he and his team have put into crafting and executing their game plan thus far. Team Shut It Down has all of the pieces in place to support a victory tonight. All of the sweat in the gym and on the road, as well as promoting the fight with former Delaware fighter, the Legendary Dave Tiberi. All that remains to be seen are the scorecards. All that remains to heard is the referee count to ten in favor of a win. All due respect to Kyrone's opponent who deserves credit for taking the fight but, Shut It Down is Hometown! Watch LIVE Tonight Feb 21st at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino! Watch the post fight interview with Kyrone and Team Shut It Down LIVE on In the Upper Room this Sunday Feb 23 at 7 PM on Comcast Channel 28 Hosted by Shaana Roy and Michael Riley. Support Kyrone at http://projectshutitdown.com

Monday, February 10, 2014

Shout Out to "Shut It Down"

Kyrone “Shut It Down” Davis and Dave “TNT” Tiberi

Whether you are from Newark, New Jersey, Wilmington, Delaware or anywhere else on God's green earth, if you haven't heard of Kyrone “Shut It Down” Davis, I strongly suggest that you Google his name. I did and what I discovered blew me away. I found out that Kyrone's accomplishments far exceed what we were able to discuss during our live half hour television interview on local leased access program, “In the Upper Room” on Channel 28 (Video of the Live Interview Coming Soon).

Although much has been written about Kyrone online, a couple of things jumped out at me right away. Kyrone “Shut It Down” Davis the boxer, a three-time national boxing champion and the only multiple national boxing champion to fight out of Delaware, is formidable and unrelenting. However, Kyrone Davis the individual is friendly, engaging and as fun-loving as any other young person his age.

An avid boxing fan, I was thrilled to be sitting down and talking with Kyrone and a local legend Delaware-based businessman, former fighter and current boxing promoter, Dave “TNT” Tiberi. Tiberi, who many believe won his fight against James “Lights Out” Toney back in February of 1992 (See video of Tiberi vs Toney Bout), is very actively involved as an advocate for the sport. In his role as a boxing promoter, he serves as a voice for positive change. Dave Tiberi and his company, Champs Management, have been working tirelessly to help promote boxers such as Davis and have proven to be most valuable in generating interest in featuring “The Sweet Science” at local venues in Delaware.

Sometimes, fate delivers a great challenge and an even greater reward. My meeting with the young Davis and the legendary Tiberi was completely by chance, as I was not even scheduled to be at the studio located on Lancaster Avenue in Wilmington, Delaware. My being their was due to an emergency cancellation by one of my clients and since I live only a couple blocks away, I was able to make it to the set about ten minutes before showtime and was able to catch up to the duo right before they exited the building.

I asked if they would come on with me and discuss the upcoming boxing card at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino on February 21st. Once again, I was on the receiving end of favor and they agreed to be my guests. It was one of the best live interviews that I have ever had. Hearing firsthand accounts of the hard work and dedication that went into building a championship amateur boxing career and learning of the thought processes and sacrifices that were necessary to prepare for Kyrone Davis' upcoming professional boxing debut on the 21st was riveting. I followed along as Tiberi lay the framework for the conversation and then allowed Davis to share his story in his own words. Davis talked about how his father and manager took him to the gym at the tender age of eight and how he was not all that interested at first but, then all of a sudden, had a breakthrough moment when his gift just seemed to come alive one day. Davis appeared to have surprised even himself with his rate of growth as a fighter and told me that he became excited about learning his craft and developed a great deal of confidence in his abilities along the way. Half an hour was truly not enough time to hear all of Kyrone's story and it went by way too quickly.

Based on last night's conversation and my subsequent research, I am convinced that Kyrone Davis is in top form and is most definitely on course to “shut it down” in the world of boxing! I can't wait to see this young fighter in the ring making his pro debut and thank Dave Tiberi and Champs Management for making it happen in Delaware.

A native of Newark, New Jersey, 19 year-old Kyrone Davis now resides in Wilmington, Delaware. Kyrone began boxing at the age of 8-years-old. He is a graduate of Christiana High School in Delaware. The eldest of four children, Davis is also a motivational speaker, certified life guard and a member of the Wilmington’s Fire Explorers Post 100.

Kyrone "Shut It Down" Davis Pro Debut

Friday February 21, 2014
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
1131 North DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901.
Visit projectshutitdown.com
(Buy Tickets and Get a Free T-Shirt)

For future fight and ticket information, contact:
Champs Management
Call: 235-2500 Ext. 32

Michael J. Riley
Co-Host / Co-Producer - In the Upper Room Television
Co-Founder - U R Future Artists Talent Showcase
Founder / Executive Director – Leadership Empowerment Group
Founder / Senior Creative Consultant - A Frame of Mine, LLC

Saturday, December 28, 2013

James H. Gilliam, Sr. Interview

Posting a link to an interview of one of, if not THE, most influential leaders in our community. None other than Mr. James H. Gilliam, Sr. The interview was conducted by Norman Oliver, Host of Community Crossfire and was filmed by Living Dreams Entertainment's CEO, Aben Taylor on location in Hockessin, Delaware. Please watch the whole Video segment on Mr. Gilliam, which is about an hour long. It is an important history lesson. (Video credits belong to Norman Oliver and Aben Taylor - Living Dreams Entertainment) Also see History Makers Interview

Ruth Baker, President of LAPA Speaks

Sister Ruth Baker is the President of the Leased Access Producers Association (LAPA). She is also the Host of "The Mind Matters," which is a ground-breaking educational local cable television program documenting the human experience by way of a uniquely-thorough examination of historical facts that are seldom shared and rarely discussed, except by Sister Ruth Baker and her enlightened guests on The Mind Matters. Sister Ruth is an accomplished Historian and Teacher, as well as a valuable voice and a driving force championing civil rights and access to vital information for all in our community. Sister Ruth, along with many other leased access producers and you, the viewers and fans of Channel 28 in Wilmington, Delaware, fought an over three-year battle against Comcast's efforts to end LIVE Leased Access programming, serving Wilmington, Delaware, New Castle County and surrounding areas. Thanks to Mrs. Baker, her supporters and colleagues, we are pleased to share that the City of Wilmington has contracted with LAPA to operate the studio located on Lancaster Avenue, in Wilmington, Delaware. beginning in 2014. This is what leadership looks like.